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West Texas

West Texas

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West Texas
Bill Roberts, W5NPR
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West Texas Section News
April 9, 2015
News From Around West Texas

Spring is definately here!  With an ice storm in early March, it appeared that winter was here to stay, but warm,and even hot days, have arrived.  Vegetation is sprouting new growth, and the Turkey Buzzards have returned! Although I have yet to see Humming Birds, I have heard others say they have arrived as well.  Spring has sprung!


---Midland St. Patrick's Day Hamfest and West Texas Convention a Big Success---

The Midland ARC is due a standing ovation for the success of this year's hamfest and convention.  The event, which once again was held at the Midland Horseshoe Arena on March 14th, was well organganized and well attended. West Gulf Vice-Director John Stratton N5AUS represented the division, and was the featured speaker at the West Texas Forum.

Good job Midland ARC W5QGG! 


---West Gulf Division Awards Nominations---

It is time to start working on your submissions for the WG 2015 Divisional Awards which will be presented at the ARRL Regional Centennial Convention at HamCom in June. Nominations for 2015 Award Winners will be accepted until May 1, 2015. Nomination forms for each nominee (by category) must be supported by at least three ARRL members on the award nomination form, a minimum 150-word statement and any available supporting documentation. Other rules do apply and can be found on the nomination forms.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from the West Gulf Division website at  Once on the West Gulf Division website, click
on “2015 WGD Annual Awards” in the middle of the page.

The Division Awards judging panel consists of four (4) ARRL members,selected by each of the Section Managers in North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and West Texas Sections. The Section Manager may opt to appoint his/herself to the committee. The fifth judge is selected by the Division Director and may reside anywhere within the West Gulf Division. Neither the Division Director nor the Vice Director will participate in the vote.

There is nothing better in life than being recognized by your peers.  I know that there is someone in your club who has performed above and
beyond the call of duty who deserves recognition.  Please take the time to make certain that individuals receive the gratitude of the entire
West Gulf Division.

Download the nomination forms and submit your entry today!


---Panhandle ARC Set To Host Hamfest in Amarillo May 16, 2015---

West Gulf Division Director David Woolweaver has approved the application of the Panhandle ARC in Amarillo to host an ARRL approved hamfest in Amarillo on May 16, 2015. Details on the location and time schedule will follow when recieved.  It should be a great time of the year for Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle, and you are encouraged to attend.


---HamCom 2015 is Scheduled for June 12th-13th Irving Convention Center---

HamCom 2015 is coming up on June 12th and 13th at the Irving Convention Center.  Please note that this is a location change from Plano,
where Hamcom had been located for the last several years, to the Irving Convention Center.  I understand that the change represents an
increase in space and promises to be a bigger and better event.  HamCom is already the biggest hamfest in Texas and promises to be even
bigger this year and in the future.  Details can be found at


---Ron Harden KB5HGM to Become West Texas Section Manager July 1, 2015---

Ron Harden KB5HGM of Baird will assume duties as the West Texas Section Manager July 1, 2015.  Ron was the only candidate nominated and
was elected without opposition.  Ron has served as President of the Abilene ARC for multiple terms as well as serving as West Texas ARRL
Club Coordinator.

I understand that he recieced an email from West Gulf Division Director David Woolweaver, conveying his congratulations to Ron and his condolences to his wife Tammy KB5NLP.  Having served as Section Manager for four years, my wife Suzie can relate to this message
to Tammy!

Congratulations Ron! 


---Silent Keys---

None reported.


---Section Emergency Coordinator Report---

In order to save space, the Monthly Section Emergency Report for February 2015 can be seen in its entirety by scrolling to the bottom of the ARRL West Texas Section Page.  Once there, click on the link for the February SEC Report.

Signature: Howard Collier Call sign: WB5EKW
Title: West Texas Section Emergency Coordinator

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Thanks again for all you do for the West Texas Section.  Hope to see you soon.

ARRL West Texas Section
Bill Roberts W5NPR
Section Manager


West Texas Officials